SOCIAL STUDIES

CONTACT :: Fay Gore

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES (NCSS) defines social studies as:

...the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. 1 NCSS

THE K-12 SOCIAL STUDIES MISSION
Our mission is to provide leadership and support to educators across the State of North Carolina to build and reinforce the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, implement the North Carolina State Board of Education goals, and to inform and advise, various stakeholders about state and federal policies and laws as well as best practices in social studies education.

THE K-12 SOCIAL STUDIES VISION
Every student graduates from high school with the knowledge, skills, understandings, and dispositions gained from the social sciences that will result in college and career ready students who are globally informed and active citizens.

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Founding Principles Act
In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 588: The Founding Principles Act was signed into law by Governor Perdue. The law requires students to take a semester/year-long course called American History I: The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics and receive a passing grade as a requirement for graduation. There were ten “founding principles” enumerated in the legislation that were to be included in the course. In 2015, the Senate introduced Senate Bill 524 as a revision to HB 588. This new bill was ratified in September 2015 and signed into law by Governor McCrory on October 29, 2015. The changes that were made in this bill entailed changing the “founding principles” course to be changed from American History I to the Civics and Economics course. Subsequently, the name of Civics and Economics was changed to American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics. Additionally, there were three “founding principles” added the course requirements. Find resources designed to support the integration of the Founding Principles legislation into local curricula.

Student Engagement & Opportunities
Discover your next academic or extracurricular pursuit and opportunity. As a part of the K-12 mission and vision of promoting students to become informed and active citizens social studies supports and promotes multiple opportunities for academic scholarships, honors and awards, civic participation, and competition. Explore various opportunities to build citizenship and showcase scholarship with our links to Building Citizenship.

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